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Five years after the first world wide web was launched at the end of 1991 The Internet has become very popular in the United States Although President Clinton already signed the 1996 Telecommunication ActI on Thursday Feb 8 1996 the censorship issue on the net still remains unresolved In fact censorship in cyberspace is unconscionable and impossible Trying to censor the Internet its problematic because the net is an international issue there is no standard for judging materials and censorship is an abridgment of democratic spiritFirstly censorship on the Internet is an international issue The Internet was constructed by the US military since 1960s but no one actually owns it Thus the Internet is a global network and it crosses over different cultures It is impossible to censor everything that seems to be offensive For example Vietnam has announced new regulations that forbid data that can affect national security social order and safety or information that is not appropriate to the culture morality and traditional customs of the Vietnamese people on June 4 1996 It is also impossible to ban all things that are prohibited in a country For instant some countries such as Germany have considered taking measures against the US and other companies or individuals that have created or distributed offensive material on the Internet If the United States government really wanted to censor the net there is only one solution - shut down all network links of other countries But of course that would mean no Internet access for the whole country and that is disgust by the whole nation Secondly everyone has their personal judgment values The decision of some people cannot represent the whole population of those using the net Many people debate that pornography on the net should be censored because there are kids online However we can see there are many kids of pornographic magazines on display at newsstands It is because we have regulations to limit who
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